Reference recorder for commercial vehicles: a review of the Russian AdvoCam-FD Black DUO

Belarus Alexander Shub is with you again - the leading and most authoritative Russian expert in the field of video recorders and radar detectors. My recorder testing experience exceeds five years, and the number of closely studied models has exceeded three hundred. In 2018, more than a thousand users personally contacted me at [email protected] with a request to advise a DVR and received detailed advice. This is not counting the tens of thousands of users who chose their car camera based on information from my articles.

Reference recorder for commercial vehicles: review of Russian AdvoCam-FD Black DUO

You can read more about my "leading" and "uniqueness" in this material.

In the last year and a half, I have observed a pronounced desire of more or less large brands to take a place under the sun in the niche of registrars for commercial vehicles. That is auto-registration with two cameras in one case. While one lens vigilantly follows the road, the second objectively captures what is happening in the cabin. First of all, such a device is extremely useful in minibuses, taxis, buses.

Our citizens are very fond of doing all sorts of things, and then telling talentedly invented stories to the police. Nenuacho, as they say, paper will endure. I mean protocol. Professional registrars (let's call them that for brevity) allow you to protect the driver from slander. And to exclude the situation when the search for right / guilty is based only on his testimony against the words of the passenger.

To a lesser extent, but still, such autoregisters will be useful in the cabs of trucks. You never know what kind of incident will happen - comrades on the roads are nervous. He doesn’t like what anyone - he will take it and climb right into the cab of a heavy truck for diplomatic conversations. And the camera aimed at the salon is right there - it will collect information for the police about whether there were physical remarks in the conversation and arguments that go beyond the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.

As you probably already understood, the Russian brand AdvoCam has also become involved in the "arms race". Which is not surprising, since its engineers have been specializing in the production of professional video surveillance systems for about 20 years. And since 2011, that is, for almost 10 years, DVRs have been developed. And, let me remind you, with adaptation specifically to domestic operating conditions.

Reference recorder for commercial vehicles: review of Russian AdvoCam-FD Black DUO

All AdvoCam developments are frozen in temperature chambers and shaken on vibrating stands all day long at our own production facility (for a detailed report, follow the link) in the city of Alexandrov, Vladimir Region. Well, to make sure that the recorders don't fall apart on potholes and stop working in the cold.

Reference recorder for commercial vehicles: review of Russian AdvoCam-FD Black DUO

In addition, the factory also assembles the first trial batches of models in order to identify and eliminate possible "jambs" before mass production in China. In total, we get reliable recorders, which, thanks to straight-handed domestic engineers, also shoot, as a rule, at the level of foreign devices with a price 1.5-2 times higher. Given such factors, it is not surprising that AdvoCam is the best-selling registrar in Russia, the leader in unit sales. Well, that is, the most Russian folk apparatuses. But back to professional video equipment.

The new product is called AdvoCam-FD Black DUO and costs 8,900 rubles. Below I will talk in great detail about it and compare it with competitors. If you are running out of time, I suggest that you immediately familiarize yourself with my main conclusions on this model, and on the market of professional registrars in general.

  1. All professional registrars shoot disgustingly. Both expensive and cheap. Yes all. Without exception. Approximately at the level of a conventional single-chamber registrar, at best, for 3-4 thousand rubles. AdvoCam-FD Black DUO became the very first commercial vehicle author with not just good, but flagship footage – by any standards. In other words, AdvoCam costs half as much as, for example, its Taiwanese counterpart, but it records incomparably better.
  2. The interior-facing camera is uncompromising. It has exactly the same high-quality Japanese CMOS sensor Sony IMX323, multi-lens glass optics and shooting Full HD, as in the main "eye". Unlike most other professional registrars, finally, the videos from two cameras are not “stitched” into one, but are saved separately. To be able to see in detail the records from each "observer" in full screen. A viewing angle of 110 degrees diagonally is enough for even the cab of a truck, not to mention a passenger bus, to be in the door-to-door frame. In analogues, it is not uncommon for a situation where the “outlook” is hardly enough for a little more than for shooting the driver alone.

Reference recorder for commercial vehicles: review of Russian AdvoCam-FD Black DUO

In the center - the Japanese matrix Sony IMX323

  1. This is the first (finally!) professional commercial vehicle recorder to feature a supercapacitor. Lithium batteries (those in 90% of "regs") are very fond of exhaling in frost, extreme heat. Do not turn on after a frosty night, before warming up the cabin.

Reference recorder for commercial vehicles: review of Russian AdvoCam-FD Black DUO

Two green batteries - these are the very "frost-resistant" supercapacitors

In general, battery replacement is the most popular reason for citizens to contact the DVR repair service. With a supercapacitor, the reliability of the auto-register as a whole grows very seriously. AdvoCam-FD Black DUO is ready to work for as long as you like at temperatures down to -20°C (just work, not lie idle). And since manufacturers always indicate the parameters with a small margin, we can safely talk about everything -30 ° C.

Total: AdvoCam-FD Black DUO is by far the best budget DVR for commercial vehicles in the summer of 2019. It is relatively inexpensive, and shoots in such a way that no competitor can compare with it. Now - about everything in more detail and in order.

Video quality or lack thereof

AdvoCam-FD Black DUO Expensive professional DVR Typical professional DVR
Price 8,900 rubles 13,900 rubles 6,000 rubles
Save video Separate video files for each camera Single file from two cameras Single file from two cameras
Video resolution 1920x1080 + 1920x1080 1920x1080 1440x1080
Front/Rear Camera Viewing Angle 130°/110° 150°/150° 140°/90°

I would like to build this section around the main problems of typical professional registrars. So, in order.

Record video from two cameras into one file. That is, a picture is “glued” from two videos, where videos from the front and rear modules are shown side by side. Sounds good, but I couldn't figure out in what situations it would be useful. But the disadvantages of such an approach are more than enough.

First of all, as you can see in the table, the maximum video width is 1080px. That is, even if each camera shoots in honest Full HD, the videos are halved in resolution - with the inevitable loss of detail. As a rule, it is already low.

Reference recorder for commercial vehicles: review of Russian AdvoCam-FD Black DUO

Chinese DVR Best Electronics 330

Further - the ability to properly explore each video in full screen mode is lost. Well, or you will have to master the commands in the Media Player Classic player for centering and zooming a certain section of the video. In fact, interpolation comes out when we stretch the HD image to Full HD (of course, if your screen resolution is exactly that).

In AdvoCam-FD Black DUO, video is not trimmed, compressed, or loses anything in quality. Clips from each camera are recorded on a memory card separately, with all the originally recorded details preserved. This is also why, by the way, Advocates a priori gives a higher overall clarity and, in particular, the range of reading license plates in a straight line in front of the hood compared to competitors.

Reference recorder for commercial vehicles: review of Russian AdvoCam-FD Black DUO

Narrow main camera view. This is not a trend problem, but still it has a place to be. For some reason, some manufacturers equip the interior camera with a lens with a narrow viewing angle - less than 100 degrees diagonally. As a result, by and large, only one person gets into the frame - a passenger or a driver. With grief in half in a passenger car, it may turn out to make a part of “both of them” visible. And yet this is a very strange approach. Plus, the manufacturer a priori limits the scope of the device to taxi cars. In a large bus or minibus, such a registrar will be useless, as it will not be able to cover the entire cabin.

Reference recorder for commercial vehicles: Russian AdvoCam-FD review Black DUO

Still frame from QStar QS LE62 video recorder

Below I will give examples of videos, but for now I will limit myself to freeze-frames of the AdvoCam-FD Black DUO cabin camera. As you can see, the local 110 degrees diagonally is enough for any passenger and freight transport. The registrar equally fully covers the cabs of a milk carrier, a large minibus, a bus, a Gazelle, not to mention a passenger car. There is practically no distortion at the edges of the frame - yet the angle is not so wide that the fisheye effect appears. However, the optimal, I would even say, the best for a specific task - capturing the entire interior of a particular commercial vehicle.

Reference recorder for commercial vehicles: review of Russian AdvoCam-FD Black DUO

Reference recorder for commercial vehicles: review of Russian AdvoCam-FD Black DUO

Reference recorder for commercial vehicles: review of Russian AdvoCam-FD Black DUO

Reference recorder for commercial vehicles: review of Russian AdvoCam-FD Black DUO

Poor image quality. The bulk of professional autoregistration costs around 5-6 thousand rubles. Therefore, it would be foolish to expect any decent record from them. Try to find a normal two-channel device on Yandex.Market for this money. Another thing is that a few (literally half a dozen pieces) models for 12-20 thousand rubles are rented at the level of the same state employees for 5-6 thousand. Logic is extremely difficult to find here.

AdvoCam-FD Black DUO is a true flagship among professional recorders in terms of image quality. Moreover, the sole, without any comparable analogues. So it turns out that at a price of 8,900 rubles, a Russian device shoots incomparably better than twice as expensive foreign analogues. They didn’t save here from the word “generally”. And rightly so, because it was as a result of this approach that we got a device that clearly captures not only the interior of a passenger car, but also a large area of ​​even a tourist bus.

Reference recorder for commercial vehicles: review of Russian AdvoCam-FD Black DUO

Behind both (!) lenses in the AdvoCam-FD Black DUO are Sony IMX323 matrices. A popular and high-quality solution straight from Japan. Distinctive features of this CMOS sensor are high light sensitivity (read - good night shooting) and correct, slightly oversaturated (as users really like) color reproduction. The price of single-chamber registrars with this matrix fluctuates on average in the region of 8-10 thousand rubles. In AdvoCam-FD Black DUO, let me remind you, for 8,900 rubles in one case we get two “samurai” CMOS sensors at once.

The lenses are also in order - of course, the lenses are made of durable professional coated glass. The front module has six lenses, the rear module has four. A normal indicator is not only for an ordinary two-camera camera, but also for a top-end device with two recording channels.

The processor is the flagship solution for two-chamber models, Taiwanese Novatek NT96663. This "stone" is found almost everywhere in registrars more expensive than 10,000 rubles. Its distinguishing feature is honest, full-fledged shooting in Full HD with both cameras, without “brakes”, freezes and interpolation. By the way, it is precisely because of saving on the processor that professional registrars with Full HD + HD recording are often found. Due to the limited power of the hardware, you have to limit salon shooting to 720p, otherwise the recorder will start to fail and record with skipping frames.

We figured out the hardware, let's move on to video examples and recording quality assessment.

In the daytime, the range of reading license plates in a straight line from the hood in the case of AdvoCam-FD Black DUO reaches 15-17 meters. Which is more typical for single-chamber flagships, and not for a budget "commercial" registrar. It is noticeable that the Russian developers deliberately lowered the contrast, so the image seems a little faded. This is deliberately done to improve the detail of the video and reduce the difference in brightness - for example, between a bright sky and a darker "ground". Yes, yes, above I spoke about the “colorfulness” of the Sony matrix, but here the artistic value of the video was sacrificed in favor of increasing the real clarity and clarity of the video. Still, the beauty of the picture at the registrar is a secondary parameter, but the intelligibility of the details of objects is the most primary.

Reference recorder for commercial vehicles: a review of the Russian AdvoCam-FD Black DUO

Belarus Alexander Shub is with you again - the leading and most authoritative Russian expert in the field of video recorders and radar detectors. My recorder testing experience exceeds five years, and the number of closely studied models has exceeded three hundred. In 2018, more than a thousand users personally contacted me at [email protected] with a request to advise a DVR and received detailed advice. This is not counting the tens of thousands of users who chose their car camera based on information from my articles.

Reference recorder for commercial vehicles: review of Russian AdvoCam-FD Black DUO

You can read more about my "leading" and "uniqueness" in this article.

In the last year and a half, I have observed a pronounced desire of more or less large brands to take a place under the sun in the niche of registrars for commercial vehicles. That is auto-registration with two cameras in one case. While one lens vigilantly follows the road, the second objectively captures what is happening in the cabin. First of all, such a device is extremely useful in minibuses, taxis, buses.

Our citizens are very fond of doing all sorts of things, and then telling talentedly invented stories to the police. Nenuacho, as they say, paper will endure. I mean protocol. Professional registrars (let's call them that for brevity) allow you to protect the driver from slander. And to exclude the situation when the search for right / guilty is based only on his testimony against the words of the passenger.

To a lesser extent, but still, such autoregisters will be useful in the cabs of trucks. You never know what kind of incident will happen - comrades on the roads are nervous. He doesn’t like what anyone - he will take it and climb right into the cab of a heavy truck for diplomatic conversations. And the camera aimed at the salon is right there - it will collect information for the police about whether there were physical remarks in the conversation and arguments that go beyond the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.

As you probably already understood, the Russian brand AdvoCam has also become involved in the "arms race". Which is not surprising, since its engineers have been specializing in the production of professional video surveillance systems for about 20 years. And since 2011, that is, for almost 10 years, DVRs have been developed. And, let me remind you, with adaptation specifically to domestic operating conditions.

Reference recorder for commercial vehicles: review of Russian AdvoCam-FD Black DUO

All AdvoCam developments are frozen in temperature chambers and shaken on vibrating stands all day long at our own production facility (for a detailed report, follow the link) in the city of Alexandrov, Vladimir Region. Well, to make sure that the recorders don't fall apart on potholes and stop working in the cold.

Reference recorder for commercial vehicles: review of Russian AdvoCam-FD Black DUO

In addition, the factory also assembles the first trial batches of models in order to identify and eliminate possible "jambs" before mass production in China. In total, we get reliable recorders, which, thanks to straight-handed domestic engineers, also shoot, as a rule, at the level of foreign devices with a price 1.5-2 times higher. Given such factors, it is not surprising that AdvoCam is the best-selling registrar in Russia, the leader in unit sales. Well, that is, the most that neither is Russian folk apparatuses. But back to professional video equipment.

The new product is called AdvoCam-FD Black DUO and costs 8,900 rubles. Below I will talk in great detail about it and compare it with competitors. If you are running out of time, I suggest that you immediately familiarize yourself with my main conclusions on this model, and on the market of professional registrars in general.

  1. All professional registrars shoot disgustingly. Both expensive and cheap. Yes all. Without exception. Approximately at the level of a conventional single-chamber registrar, at best, for 3-4 thousand rubles. AdvoCam-FD Black DUO became the very first commercial vehicle author with not just good, but flagship footage – by any standards. In other words, AdvoCam costs half as much as, for example, its Taiwanese counterpart, but it records incomparably better.
  2. The interior-facing camera is uncompromising. It has exactly the same high-quality Japanese CMOS sensor Sony IMX323, multi-lens glass optics and shooting Full HD, as in the main "eye". Unlike most other professional registrars, finally, the videos from two cameras are not “stitched” into one, but are saved separately. To be able to see in detail the records from each "observer" in full screen. A viewing angle of 110 degrees diagonally is enough for even the cab of a truck, not to mention a passenger bus, to be in the door-to-door frame. In analogues, it is not uncommon for a situation where the “outlook” is hardly enough for a little more than for shooting the driver alone.

Reference recorder for commercial vehicles: review of Russian AdvoCam-FD Black DUO

In the center - the Japanese matrix Sony IMX323

  1. This is the first (finally!) professional commercial vehicle recorder to feature a supercapacitor. Lithium batteries (those in 90% of "regs") are very fond of exhaling in frost, extreme heat. Do not turn on after a frosty night, before warming up the cabin.

Reference recorder for commercial vehicles: review of Russian AdvoCam-FD Black DUO

Two green batteries - these are the very "frost-resistant" supercapacitors

In general, battery replacement is the most popular reason for citizens to contact the DVR repair service. With a supercapacitor, the reliability of the auto-register as a whole grows very seriously. AdvoCam-FD Black DUO is ready to work for as long as you like at temperatures down to -20°C (just work, not lie idle). And since manufacturers always indicate the parameters with a small margin, we can safely talk about everything -30 ° C.

Total: AdvoCam-FD Black DUO is by far the best budget DVR for commercial vehicles in the summer of 2019. It is relatively inexpensive, and shoots in such a way that no competitor can compare with it. Now - about everything in more detail and in order.

Video quality or lack thereof

AdvoCam-FD Black DUO Expensive professional DVR Typical professional DVR
Price 8,900 rubles 13,900 rubles 6,000 rubles
Saving video Separate video files for each camera Single file from two cameras Single file from two cameras
Video resolution 1920x1080 + 1920x1080 1920x1080 1440x1080
Front/Rear Camera Viewing Angle 130°/110° 150°/150° 140°/90°

I would like to build this section around the main problems of typical professional registrars. So, in order.

Record video from two cameras into one file. That is, a picture is “glued” from two videos, where videos from the front and rear modules are shown side by side. Sounds good, but I couldn't figure out in what situations it would be useful. But the disadvantages of such an approach are more than enough.

First of all, as you can see in the table, the maximum video width is 1080px. That is, even if each camera shoots in honest Full HD, the videos are halved in resolution - with the inevitable loss of detail. As a rule, it is already low.

Reference recorder for commercial vehicles: review of Russian AdvoCam-FD Black DUO

Chinese DVR Best Electronics 330

Further - the ability to properly explore each video in full screen mode is lost. Well, or you will have to master the commands in the Media Player Classic player for centering and zooming a certain section of the video. In fact, interpolation comes out when we stretch the HD image to Full HD (of course, if your screen resolution is exactly that).

In AdvoCam-FD Black DUO, video is not trimmed, compressed, or loses anything in quality. Clips from each camera are recorded on a memory card separately, with all the originally recorded details preserved. This is also why, by the way, Advocates a priori gives a higher overall clarity and, in particular, the range of reading license plates in a straight line in front of the hood compared to competitors.

Reference recorder for commercial vehicles: review of Russian AdvoCam-FD Black DUO

Narrow main camera view. This is not a trend problem, but still it has a place to be. For some reason, some manufacturers equip the interior camera with a lens with a narrow viewing angle - less than 100 degrees diagonally. As a result, by and large, only one person gets into the frame - a passenger or a driver. With grief in half in a passenger car, it may turn out to make a part of “both of them” visible. And yet this is a very strange approach. Plus, the manufacturer a priori limits the scope of the device to taxi cars. In a large bus or minibus, such a registrar will be useless, as it will not be able to cover the entire cabin.

Reference recorder for commercial vehicles: Russian AdvoCam-FD review Black DUO

Still frame from QStar QS LE62 video recorder

Below I will give examples of videos, but for now I will limit myself to freeze-frames of the AdvoCam-FD Black DUO cabin camera. As you can see, the local 110 degrees diagonally is enough for any passenger and freight transport. The registrar equally fully covers the cabs of a milk carrier, a large minibus, a bus, a Gazelle, not to mention a passenger car. There is practically no distortion at the edges of the frame - yet the angle is not so wide that the fisheye effect appears. However, the optimal, I would even say, the best for a specific task - capturing the entire interior of a particular commercial vehicle.

Reference recorder for commercial vehicles: review of Russian AdvoCam-FD Black DUO

Reference recorder for commercial vehicles: review of Russian AdvoCam-FD Black DUO

Reference recorder for commercial vehicles: review of Russian AdvoCam-FD Black DUO

Reference recorder for commercial vehicles: review of Russian AdvoCam-FD Black DUO

Poor image quality. The bulk of professional autoregistration costs around 5-6 thousand rubles. Therefore, it would be foolish to expect any decent record from them. Try to find a normal two-channel device on Yandex.Market for this money. Another thing is that a few (literally half a dozen pieces) models for 12-20 thousand rubles are rented at the level of the same state employees for 5-6 thousand. Logic is extremely difficult to find here.

AdvoCam-FD Black DUO is a true flagship among professional recorders in terms of image quality. Moreover, the sole, without any comparable analogues. So it turns out that at a price of 8,900 rubles, a Russian device shoots incomparably better than twice as expensive foreign analogues. They didn’t save here from the word “generally”. And rightly so, because it was as a result of this approach that we got a device that clearly captures not only the interior of a passenger car, but also a large area of ​​even a tourist bus.

Reference recorder for commercial vehicles: review of Russian AdvoCam-FD Black DUO

Behind both (!) lenses in the AdvoCam-FD Black DUO are Sony IMX323 matrices. A popular and high-quality solution straight from Japan. Distinctive features of this CMOS sensor are high light sensitivity (read - good night shooting) and correct, slightly oversaturated (as users really like) color reproduction. The price of single-chamber registrars with this matrix fluctuates on average in the region of 8-10 thousand rubles. In AdvoCam-FD Black DUO, let me remind you, for 8,900 rubles in one case we get two “samurai” CMOS sensors at once.

The lenses are also in order - of course, the lenses are made of durable professional coated glass. The front module has six lenses, the rear module has four. A normal indicator is not only for an ordinary two-camera camera, but also for a top-end device with two recording channels.

The processor is the flagship solution for two-chamber models, Taiwanese Novatek NT96663. This "stone" is found almost everywhere in registrars more expensive than 10,000 rubles. Its distinguishing feature is honest, full-fledged shooting in Full HD with both cameras, without “brakes”, freezes and interpolation. By the way, it is precisely because of saving on the processor that professional registrars with Full HD + HD recording are often found. Due to the limited power of the hardware, you have to limit salon shooting to 720p, otherwise the recorder will start to fail and record with skipping frames.

We figured out the hardware, let's move on to video examples and recording quality assessment.

In the daytime, the range of reading license plates in a straight line from the hood in the case of AdvoCam-FD Black DUO reaches 15-17 meters. Which is more typical for single-chamber flagships, and not for a budget "commercial" registrar. It is noticeable that the Russian developers deliberately lowered the contrast, so the image seems a little faded. This is deliberately done to improve the detail of the video and reduce the difference in brightness - for example, between a bright sky and a darker "ground". Yes, yes, above I spoke about the “colorfulness” of the Sony matrix, but here the artistic value of the video was sacrificed in favor of increasing the real clarity and clarity of the video. Still, the beauty of the picture at the registrar is a secondary parameter, but the intelligibility of the details of objects is the most primary.

Reference recorder for commercial vehicles: a review of the Russian AdvoCam-FD Black DUO

Belarus Alexander Shub is with you again - the leading and most authoritative Russian expert in the field of video recorders and radar detectors. My recorder testing experience exceeds five years, and the number of closely studied models has exceeded three hundred. In 2018, more than a thousand users personally contacted me at [email protected] with a request to advise a DVR and received detailed advice. This is not counting the tens of thousands of users who chose their car camera based on information from my articles.

Reference recorder for commercial vehicles: review of Russian AdvoCam-FD Black DUO

You can read more about my "leading" and "uniqueness" in this material.

In the last year and a half, I have observed a pronounced desire of more or less large brands to take a place under the sun in the niche of registrars for commercial vehicles. That is auto-registration with two cameras in one case. While one lens vigilantly follows the road, the second objectively captures what is happening in the cabin. First of all, such a device is extremely useful in minibuses, taxis, buses.

Our citizens are very fond of doing all sorts of things, and then telling talentedly invented stories to the police. Nenuacho, as they say, paper will endure. I mean protocol. Professional registrars (let's call them that for brevity) allow you to protect the driver from slander. And to exclude the situation when the search for right / guilty is based only on his testimony against the words of the passenger.

To a lesser extent, but still, such autoregisters will be useful in the cabs of trucks. You never know what kind of incident will happen - comrades on the roads are nervous. He doesn’t like what anyone - he will take it and climb right into the cab of a heavy truck for diplomatic conversations. And the camera aimed at the salon is right there - it will collect information for the police about whether there were physical remarks in the conversation and arguments that go beyond the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.

As you probably already understood, the Russian brand AdvoCam has also become involved in the "arms race". Which is not surprising, since its engineers have been specializing in the production of professional video surveillance systems for about 20 years. And since 2011, that is, for almost 10 years, DVRs have been developed. And, let me remind you, with adaptation specifically to domestic operating conditions.

Reference recorder for commercial vehicles: review of Russian AdvoCam-FD Black DUO

All AdvoCam developments are frozen in temperature chambers and shaken on vibrating stands all day long at our own production facility (for a detailed report, follow the link) in the city of Alexandrov, Vladimir Region. Well, to make sure that the recorders don't fall apart on potholes and stop working in the cold.

Reference recorder for commercial vehicles: review of Russian AdvoCam-FD Black DUO

In addition, the factory also assembles the first trial batches of models in order to identify and eliminate possible "jambs" before mass production in China. In total, we get reliable recorders, which, thanks to straight-handed domestic engineers, also shoot, as a rule, at the level of foreign devices with a price 1.5-2 times higher. Given such factors, it is not surprising that AdvoCam is the best-selling registrar in Russia, the leader in unit sales. Well, that is, the most that neither is Russian folk apparatuses. But back to professional video equipment.

The new product is called AdvoCam-FD Black DUO and costs 8,900 rubles. Below I will talk in great detail about it and compare it with competitors. If you are running out of time, I suggest that you immediately familiarize yourself with my main conclusions on this model, and on the market of professional registrars in general.

  1. All professional registrars shoot disgustingly. Both expensive and cheap. Yes all. Without exception. Approximately at the level of a conventional single-chamber registrar, at best, for 3-4 thousand rubles. AdvoCam-FD Black DUO became the very first commercial vehicle author with not just good, but flagship footage – by any standards. In other words, AdvoCam costs half as much as, for example, its Taiwanese counterpart, but it records incomparably better.
  2. The interior-facing camera is uncompromising. It has exactly the same high-quality Japanese CMOS sensor Sony IMX323, multi-lens glass optics and shooting Full HD, as in the main "eye". Unlike most other professional registrars, finally, the videos from two cameras are not “stitched” into one, but are saved separately. To be able to see in detail the records from each "observer" in full screen. A viewing angle of 110 degrees diagonally is enough for even the cab of a truck, not to mention a passenger bus, to be in the door-to-door frame. In analogues, it is not uncommon for a situation where the “outlook” is hardly enough for a little more than for shooting the driver alone.

Reference recorder for commercial vehicles: review of Russian AdvoCam-FD Black DUO

In the center - the Japanese matrix Sony IMX323

  1. This is the first (finally!) professional commercial vehicle recorder to feature a supercapacitor. Lithium batteries (those in 90% of "regs") are very fond of exhaling in frost, extreme heat. Do not turn on after a frosty night, before warming up the cabin.

Reference recorder for commercial vehicles: review of Russian AdvoCam-FD Black DUO

Two green batteries - these are the very "frost-resistant" supercapacitors

In general, battery replacement is the most popular reason for citizens to contact the DVR repair service. With a supercapacitor, the reliability of the auto-register as a whole grows very seriously. AdvoCam-FD Black DUO is ready to work for as long as you like at temperatures down to -20°C (just work, not lie idle). And since manufacturers always indicate the parameters with a small margin, we can safely talk about everything -30 ° C.

Total: AdvoCam-FD Black DUO is by far the best budget DVR for commercial vehicles in the summer of 2019. It is relatively inexpensive, and shoots in such a way that no competitor can compare with it. Now - about everything in more detail and in order.

Video quality or lack thereof

AdvoCam-FD Black DUO Expensive professional DVR Typical professional DVR
Price 8,900 rubles 13,900 rubles 6,000 rubles
Save video Separate video files for each camera Single file from two cameras Single file from two cameras
Video resolution 1920x1080 + 1920x1080 1920x1080 1440x1080
Front/Rear Camera Viewing Angle 130°/110° 150°/150° 140°/90°

I would like to build this section around the main problems of typical professional registrars. So, in order.

Record video from two cameras into one file. That is, a picture is “glued” from two videos, where videos from the front and rear modules are shown side by side. Sounds good, but I couldn't figure out in what situations it would be useful. But the disadvantages of such an approach are more than enough.

First of all, as you can see in the table, the maximum video width is 1080px. That is, even if each camera shoots in honest Full HD, the videos are halved in resolution - with the inevitable loss of detail. As a rule, it is already low.

Reference recorder for commercial vehicles: review of Russian AdvoCam-FD Black DUO

Chinese DVR Best Electronics 330

Further - the ability to properly explore each video in full screen mode is lost. Well, or you will have to master the commands in the Media Player Classic player for centering and zooming a certain section of the video. In fact, interpolation comes out when we stretch the HD image to Full HD (of course, if your screen resolution is exactly that).

In AdvoCam-FD Black DUO, video is not trimmed, compressed, or loses anything in quality. Clips from each camera are recorded on a memory card separately, with all the originally recorded details preserved. This is also why, by the way, Advocates a priori gives a higher overall clarity and, in particular, the range of reading license plates in a straight line in front of the hood compared to competitors.

Reference recorder for commercial vehicles: review of Russian AdvoCam-FD Black DUO

Narrow main camera view. This is not a trend problem, but still it has a place to be. For some reason, some manufacturers equip the interior camera with a lens with a narrow viewing angle - less than 100 degrees diagonally. As a result, by and large, only one person gets into the frame - a passenger or a driver. With grief in half in a passenger car, it may turn out to make a part of “both of them” visible. And yet this is a very strange approach. Plus, the manufacturer a priori limits the scope of the device to taxi cars. In a large bus or minibus, such a registrar will be useless, as it will not be able to cover the entire cabin.

Reference recorder for commercial vehicles: Russian AdvoCam-FD review Black DUO

Still frame from QStar QS LE62 video recorder

Below I will give examples of videos, but for now I will limit myself to freeze-frames of the AdvoCam-FD Black DUO cabin camera. As you can see, the local 110 degrees diagonally is enough for any passenger and freight transport. The registrar equally fully covers the cabs of a milk carrier, a large minibus, a bus, a Gazelle, not to mention a passenger car. There is practically no distortion at the edges of the frame - yet the angle is not so wide that the fisheye effect appears. However, the optimal, I would even say, the best for a specific task - capturing the entire interior of a particular commercial vehicle.

Reference recorder for commercial vehicles: review of Russian AdvoCam-FD Black DUO

Reference recorder for commercial vehicles: review of Russian AdvoCam-FD Black DUO

Reference recorder for commercial vehicles: review of Russian AdvoCam-FD Black DUO

Reference recorder for commercial vehicles: review of Russian AdvoCam-FD Black DUO

Poor image quality. The bulk of professional autoregistration costs around 5-6 thousand rubles. Therefore, it would be foolish to expect any decent record from them. Try to find a normal two-channel device on Yandex.Market for this money. Another thing is that a few (literally half a dozen pieces) models for 12-20 thousand rubles are rented at the level of the same state employees for 5-6 thousand. Logic is extremely difficult to find here.

AdvoCam-FD Black DUO is a true flagship among professional recorders in terms of image quality. Moreover, the sole, without any comparable analogues. So it turns out that at a price of 8,900 rubles, a Russian device shoots incomparably better than twice as expensive foreign analogues. They didn’t save here from the word “generally”. And rightly so, because it was as a result of this approach that we got a device that clearly captures not only the interior of a passenger car, but also a large area of ​​even a tourist bus.

Reference recorder for commercial vehicles: review of Russian AdvoCam-FD Black DUO

Behind both (!) lenses in the AdvoCam-FD Black DUO are Sony IMX323 matrices. A popular and high-quality solution straight from Japan. Distinctive features of this CMOS sensor are high light sensitivity (read - good night shooting) and correct, slightly oversaturated (as users really like) color reproduction. The price of single-chamber registrars with this matrix fluctuates on average in the region of 8-10 thousand rubles. In AdvoCam-FD Black DUO, let me remind you, for 8,900 rubles in one case we get two “samurai” CMOS sensors at once.

The lenses are also in order - of course, the lenses are made of durable professional coated glass. The front module has six lenses, the rear module has four. A normal indicator is not only for an ordinary two-camera camera, but also for a top-end device with two recording channels.

The processor is the flagship solution for two-chamber models, Taiwanese Novatek NT96663. This "stone" is found almost everywhere in registrars more expensive than 10,000 rubles. Its distinguishing feature is honest, full-fledged shooting in Full HD with both cameras, without “brakes”, freezes and interpolation. By the way, it is precisely because of saving on the processor that professional registrars with Full HD + HD recording are often found. Due to the limited power of the hardware, you have to limit salon shooting to 720p, otherwise the recorder will start to fail and record with skipping frames.

We figured out the hardware, let's move on to video examples and recording quality assessment.

In the daytime, the range of reading license plates in a straight line from the hood in the case of AdvoCam-FD Black DUO reaches 15-17 meters. Which is more typical for single-chamber flagships, and not for a budget "commercial" registrar. It is noticeable that the Russian developers deliberately lowered the contrast, so the image seems a little faded. This is deliberately done to improve the detail of the video and reduce the difference in brightness - for example, between a bright sky and a darker "ground". Yes, yes, above I spoke about the “colorfulness” of the Sony matrix, but here the artistic value of the video was sacrificed in favor of increasing the real clarity and clarity of the video. Still, the beauty of the picture at the registrar is a secondary parameter, but the intelligibility of the details of objects is the most primary.

Reference recorder for commercial vehicles: a review of the Russian AdvoCam-FD Black DUO

Belarus Alexander Shub is with you again - the leading and most authoritative Russian expert in the field of video recorders and radar detectors. My recorder testing experience exceeds five years, and the number of closely studied models has exceeded three hundred. In 2018, more than a thousand users personally contacted me at [email protected] with a request to advise a DVR and received detailed advice. This is not counting the tens of thousands of users who chose their car camera based on information from my articles.

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In the last year and a half, I have observed a pronounced desire of more or less large brands to take a place under the sun in the niche of registrars for commercial vehicles. That is auto-registration with two cameras in one case. While one lens vigilantly follows the road, the second objectively captures what is happening in the cabin. First of all, such a device is extremely useful in minibuses, taxis, buses.

Our citizens are very fond of doing all sorts of things, and then telling talentedly invented stories to the police. Nenuacho, as they say, paper will endure. I mean protocol. Professional registrars (let's call them that for brevity) allow you to protect the driver from slander. And to exclude the situation when the search for right / guilty is based only on his testimony against the words of the passenger.

To a lesser extent, but still, such autoregisters will be useful in the cabs of trucks. You never know what kind of incident will happen - comrades on the roads are nervous. If you don't like what anyone - he will take it and climb right into the cab of a heavy truck for diplomatic conversations. And the camera aimed at the salon is right there - it will collect information for the police about whether there were physical remarks in the conversation and arguments that go beyond the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.

As you probably already understood, the Russian brand AdvoCam has also become involved in the "arms race". Which is not surprising, since its engineers have been specializing in the production of professional video surveillance systems for about 20 years. And since 2011, that is, for almost 10 years, DVRs have been developed. And, let me remind you, with adaptation specifically to domestic operating conditions.

All AdvoCam developments are frozen in temperature chambers and shaken on vibrating stands all day long at our own production facility (for a detailed report, follow the link) in the city of Alexandrov, Vladimir Region. Well, to make sure that the recorders don't fall apart on potholes and stop working in the cold.

In addition, the factory also assembles the first trial batches of models in order to identify and eliminate possible "jambs" before mass production in China. In total, we get reliable recorders, which, thanks to straight-handed domestic engineers, also shoot, as a rule, at the level of foreign devices with a price 1.5-2 times higher. Given such factors, it is not surprising that AdvoCam is the best-selling registrar in Russia, the leader in unit sales. Well, that is, the most Russian folk apparatuses. But back to professional video equipment.

The new product is called AdvoCam-FD Black DUO and costs 8,900 rubles. Below I will talk in great detail about it and compare it with competitors. If you are running out of time, I suggest that you immediately familiarize yourself with my main conclusions on this model, and on the market of professional registrars in general.

  1. All professional registrars shoot disgustingly. Both expensive and cheap. Yes all. Without exception. Approximately at the level of a conventional single-chamber registrar, at best, for 3-4 thousand rubles. AdvoCam-FD Black DUO became the very first commercial vehicle author with not just good, but flagship footage – by any standards. In other words, AdvoCam costs half as much as, for example, its Taiwanese counterpart, but it records incomparably better.
  2. The interior-facing camera is uncompromising. It has exactly the same high-quality Japanese Sony IMX323 CMOS sensor, multi-lens glass optics and CBR500R Full HD shooting as the main “eye”. Unlike most other professional registrars, finally, the videos from two cameras are not “stitched” into one, but are saved separately. To be able to see in detail the records from each "observer" in full screen. A viewing angle of 110 degrees diagonally is enough for even the cab of a truck, not to mention a passenger bus, to be in the door-to-door frame. In analogues, it is not uncommon for a situation where the “outlook” is hardly enough for a little more than for shooting the driver alone.
  • All professional registrars shoot disgustingly. Both expensive and cheap. Yes all. Without exception. Approximately at the level of a conventional single-chamber registrar, at best, for 3-4 thousand rubles. AdvoCam-FD Black DUO became the very first commercial vehicle author with not just good, but flagship footage – by any standards. In other words, AdvoCam costs half as much as, for example, its Taiwanese counterpart, but it records incomparably better.
  • The interior-facing camera is uncompromising. It has exactly the same high-quality Japanese CMOS sensor Sony IMX323, multi-lens glass optics and shooting Full HD, as in the main "eye". Unlike most other professional registrars, finally, the videos from two cameras are not “stitched” into one, but are saved separately. To be able to see in detail the records from each "observer" in full screen. A viewing angle of 110 degrees diagonally is enough for even the cab of a truck, not to mention a passenger bus, to be in the door-to-door frame. In analogues, it is not uncommon for a situation where the “outlook” is hardly enough for a little more than for shooting the driver alone.
  • The interior-facing camera is uncompromising. It has exactly the same high-quality Japanese Sony IMX323 CMOS sensor, multi-lens glass optics and CBR500R CBR500R shooting Full HD, as in the main "eye". Unlike most other professional registrars, finally, the videos from two cameras are not “stitched” into one, but are saved separately. To be able to see in detail the records from each "observer" in full screen. A viewing angle of 110 degrees diagonally is enough for even the cab of a truck, not to mention a passenger bus, to be in the door-to-door frame. In analogues, it is not uncommon for a situation where the “outlook” is hardly enough for a little more than for shooting the driver alone.

    In the center - the Japanese matrix Sony IMX323

    1. This is the first (finally!) professional commercial vehicle recorder to feature a supercapacitor. Lithium batteries (those in 90% of "regs") are very fond of exhaling in frost, extreme heat. Do not turn on after a frosty night, before warming up the cabin.

    Two green batteries - these are the very "frost-resistant" supercapacitors

    In general, battery replacement is the most popular reason for citizens to contact the DVR repair service. With a supercapacitor, the reliability of the auto-register as a whole grows very seriously. AdvoCam-FD Black DUO is ready to work for as long as you like at temperatures down to -20°C (just work, not lie idle). And since manufacturers always indicate the parameters with a small margin, we can safely talk about everything -30 ° C.

    Total: AdvoCam-FD Black DUO is by far the best budget DVR for commercial vehicles in the summer of 2019. It is relatively inexpensive, and shoots in such a way that no competitor can compare with it. Now - about everything in more detail and in order.

    Video quality or lack thereof

    AdvoCam-FD Black DUO Expensive professional DVR Typical professional DVR Price 8,900 rubles 13,900 rubles 6,000 rubles Saving video Separate video files for each camera Single file from two cameras Single file from two cameras Video resolution 1920x1080 + 1920x1080 1920x1080 1440x1080 Viewing angle anterior/rear camera 130°/110° 150°/150° 140°/90°

    I would like to build this section around the main problems of typical professional registrars. So, in order.

    Record video from two cameras into one file. That is, a picture is “glued” from two videos, where videos from the front and rear modules are shown side by side. Sounds good, but I couldn't figure out in what situations it would be useful. But the disadvantages of such an approach are more than enough.

    First of all, as you can see in the table, the maximum video width is 1080px. That is, even if each camera shoots in honest Full HD, the videos are halved in resolution - with the inevitable loss of detail. As a rule, it is already low.

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    Further - the ability to properly explore each video in full screen mode is lost. Well, or you will have to master the commands in the Media Player Classic player for centering and zooming a certain section of the video. In fact, interpolation comes out when we stretch the HD image to Full HD (of course, if your screen resolution is exactly that).

    In AdvoCam-FD Black DUO, video is not trimmed, compressed, or loses anything in quality. Clips from each camera are recorded on a memory card separately, with all the originally recorded details preserved. This is also why, by the way, Advocates a priori gives a higher overall clarity and, in particular, the range of reading license plates in a straight line in front of the hood compared to competitors.

    Narrow angle of view of the main camera. This is not a trend problem, but still it has a place to be. For some reason, some manufacturers equip the interior camera with a lens with a narrow viewing angle - less than 100 degrees diagonally. As a result, by and large, only one person gets into the frame - a passenger or a driver. With grief in half in a passenger car, it may turn out to make a part of “both of them” visible. And yet this is a very strange approach. Plus, the manufacturer a priori limits the scope of the device to taxi cars. In a large bus or minibus, such a registrar will be useless, as it will not be able to cover the entire cabin.

    Still image from QStar QS LE62 video recorder

    Below I will give examples of videos, but for now I will limit myself to freeze-frames of the AdvoCam-FD Black DUO salon camera. As you can see, the local 110 degrees diagonally is enough for any passenger and freight transport. The registrar equally fully covers the cabins of a milk carrier, a large minibus, a bus, a Gazelle, not to mention a passenger car. There is practically no distortion at the edges of the frame - yet the angle is not so wide that the fisheye effect appears. However, the optimal, I would even say, the best for a specific task - capturing the entire interior of a particular commercial vehicle.

    Poor image quality. The bulk of professional autoregistration costs around 5-6 thousand rubles. Therefore, it would be foolish to expect any decent record from them. Try to find a normal two-channel device on Yandex.Market for this money. Another thing is that a few (literally half a dozen pieces) models for 12-20 thousand rubles are rented at the level of the same state employees for 5-6 thousand. Logic is extremely difficult to find here.

    AdvoCam-FD Black DUO is a true flagship among professional recorders in terms of image quality. Moreover, the sole, without any comparable analogues. So it turns out that at a price of 8,900 rubles, a Russian device shoots incomparably better than twice as expensive foreign analogues. They didn’t save here from the word “generally”. And rightly so, because it was as a result of this approach that we got a device that clearly captures not only the interior of a passenger car, but also a large area of ​​even a tourist bus.

    Behind both (!) lenses in AdvoCam-FD Black DUO are Sony IMX323 matrices. A popular and high-quality solution straight from Japan. Distinctive features of this CMOS sensor are high light sensitivity (read - good night shooting) and correct, slightly oversaturated (as users really like) color reproduction. The price of single-chamber registrars with this matrix fluctuates on average in the region of 8-10 thousand rubles. In AdvoCam-FD Black DUO, let me remind you, for 8,900 rubles in one case we get two "samurai" CMOS sensors at once.

    The lenses are also in order - of course, the lenses are made of durable professional coated glass. The front module has six lenses, the rear module has four. A normal indicator is not only for an ordinary two-camera camera, but also for a top-end device with two recording channels.

    The processor is the flagship solution for two-chamber models, Taiwanese Novatek NT96663. This "stone" is found almost everywhere in registrars more expensive than 10,000 rubles. Its distinguishing feature is honest, full-fledged shooting in Full HD with both cameras, without “brakes”, freezes and interpolation. By the way, it is precisely because of saving on the processor that professional registrars with Full HD + HD recording are often found. Due to the limited power of the hardware, you have to limit salon shooting to 720p, otherwise the recorder will start to fail and record with skipping frames.

    We figured out the hardware, let's move on to video examples and recording quality assessment.

    In the daytime, the range of reading license plates in a straight line from the hood in the case of AdvoCam-FD Black DUO reaches 15-17 meters. Which is more typical for single-chamber flagships, and not for a budget "commercial" registrar. It is noticeable that the Russian developers deliberately lowered the contrast, so the image seems a little faded. This is deliberately done to improve the detail of the video and reduce the difference in brightness - for example, between a bright sky and a darker "ground". Yes, yes, above I spoke about the “colorfulness” of the Sony matrix, but here the artistic value of the video was sacrificed in favor of increasing the real clarity and clarity of the video. Still, the beauty of the picture at the registrar is a secondary parameter, but the intelligibility of the details of objects is the most primary.